#EndSARS: International Criminal Court talks about shooting demonstrators
After soldiers shot #EndSARS protesters at a toll collection point in Lecchi, Lagos on Tuesday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on the matter.
The shooting has outraged the Nigerian authorities around the world. The death toll from the accident has not yet been established.
“My office has followed closely the developments surrounding the ongoing protests in Nigeria and the reactions of Nigerian law enforcement and security services,” said Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, in a statement posted on Twitter. Thursday from the International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt).
“Any loss of life or injury is worrying. We have received information on alleged crimes and are monitoring developments in the event of an escalation of violence and any signs that the crimes under the Rome Statute may have been committed, ”he added, calling for restraint.
Former Lagos Governor and national leader of the ruling All-Progressive Congress, Bola Tinubu, advised the federal government to “catch whoever ordered (the shooting) and bring them to justice.”
Mr. Tinubu, who described himself as a “stubborn protester,” called for calm. He said he was willing to “face any investigation” of the incident because of the charges against him.
“We lost sleep, we lost our peace of mind, (and) we just have to deal with it,” added Tinubu.
President Bukhari has not yet addressed the people about the incident.
Despite the growing body of evidence, the military denied any involvement in the shooting.
The #EndSARS protests, which began almost two weeks ago, aim to end police brutality in the country, among other institutional reforms.
Several states in Nigeria have imposed curfews to limit destruction as public and private property, including police stations, hospitals, shopping malls and media houses, has been attacked by thugs in various parts of the country.